Alex Valcke, PhD, has joined Arch Chemicals as vice president of innovation, effective Nov. 1, 2009. In his new role, Valcke will work closely with the company's senior management team and its businesses to ensure that it is pursuing and investing in the best R&D efforts that support the company’s business strategies. In addition, he will identify and drive cross-business as well as external technology opportunities.
Before joining Arch, Valcke spent nearly 25 years with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, part of the Johnson & Johnson family, where he most recently was the general manager of the preservation and material protection division.
He is also an inventor and co-inventor for several patents in the field of material protection biocides and has extensive experience in technology licensing. Valcke earned his doctorate in bioengineering sciences from the University of Ghent.